By Saikat Mandal

18th Jul, 2022 | 10:42am

Leeds United negotiate with West Ham over Sonny Perkins fee

Leeds United are “set to sign” youngster Sonny Perkins and they are in discussion with West Ham over a transfer fee, as per Phil Hay of The Athletic.

The journalist wrote for the website on 18 July that the Whites are attempting to negotiate a settlement with West Ham over a fee for the player.

The 18-year-old left West Ham last month, and Leeds are looking to avoid a decision on Perkins’ value being made by the tribunal.

Perkins formally quit West Ham on July 1 after he had turned down the offer of a professional contract. The Whites have not made any comment on their interest in Perkins as of now.

Romano wrote on Twitter on 17 July that Perkins has signed a contract and completed medical tests ahead of his move.

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This is a smart decision from the Whites, as it’s an extra headache for both the clubs if the matter goes to a tribunal.

Rather, it is best for all parties involved to settle a fee among themselves and negotiate terms accordingly.

Perkins will become the seventh signing of the summer for the Yorkshire club, and there could be more arrivals at Elland Road.

Leeds are looking to add a striker, a left-back and possibly an attacking midfielder to their ranks.

Perkins is an exciting young talent, who has already made his European debut – coming off the bench for the Hammers in the Europa League last season.

The chances are high that he will be gradually developed, and that Jesse Marsch will make the call whether he is ready yet for the senior team.

Thorp Arch is a fantastic place for development, and Perkins can represent the senior side in no time if he keeps on continuing his development.

In other Leeds United news, a late addition to the club’s biggest transfer of the summer could force an extra fee out of the buyer if they break their agreement.